Extract from Beenish Ahmed and Matt Katz's article "Nickel and Dimed...for Federal Government Court Documents"
Anyone can access any federal court document in America through Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) which is the system for accessing federal court documents.
The going rate is $0.10 a page. That might seem low, but some experts estimate that it costs only half of one ten-thousandth of a penny to send out a page. According to the E-Government Act of 2002 the government can charge fees “only to the extent necessary” to provide “access to information available through automatic data processing equipment.”
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